"Parental Rights"

Table 1

Overview of Voucher Schools in 1998-1999 and 1999-2000:
Religious and Secular Schools Receiving and Not Receiving Tuition Overpayments

(Data for all voucher schools)



Table 1 presents data for all participating voucher schools in both school years of the analysis. As seen in the table, the total number of voucher schools increased from 82 in 1998-1999 to 91 the following year. Religious schools continue to dominate the voucher program, with 61 religious schools among 82 voucher schools in the first year of this study, and 68 of 91 in the second-roughly 75 percent in both cases. Of those 91 voucher schools in 1999-2000, 75-or 82 percent-received tuition overpayments. Of the remaining 16 schools, seven received no overpayments because their tuition was greater than or equal to the voucher amount or their per pupil expenditure was less than what they charged in tuition, and nine either charged no tuition or did not make their tuition information public.



















































1998-1999


Religious


Secular


Total


Type of School


No.


(Percent)


No.


(Percent)


No.


(Percent)


Overpaymenta


54


(89%)


8


(38%)


62


(76%)


No overpaymentb


6


(10%)


0


(0%)


6


(7%)


No tuition or tuition not knownc


1


(2%)


13


(62%)


14


(17%)


All voucher schools


61


(100%)


21


(100%)


82


(100%)




















































1999-2000



Religious


Secular


Total


Type of School


No.


(Percent)


No.


(Percent)


No.


(Percent)


Overpaymenta


61


(90%)


14


(61%)


75


(82%)


No overpaymentb


5


(7%)


2


(9%)


7


(8%)


No tuition or tuition not knownc


2


(3%)


7


(30%)


9


(10%)


All voucher schools


68


(100%)


23


(100%)


91


(100%)



a "Overpayment schools" are those whose tuition is less than both the voucher amount and per pupil expenditure.


b "No overpayment schools" are those whose tuition is greater than or equal to the voucher amount or whose per pupil expenditure is less than tuition.


c These schools either have no tuition-paying students and, therefore, no reason to establish a tuition rate, or do not make their tuition information public. In 1998-1999, six schools were 100 percent voucher schools. These six schools did not publish a tuition amount and had no tuition paying students. Additionally, one school charged varying tuition depending on family income and seven schools did not provide the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau with any tuition data. In 1999-2000, two schools were 100 percent voucher schools and an additional two schools enrolled both voucher and MPS students; since all students at these four schools received government funding, these schools did not charge tuition. Two schools charged varying tuition depending on family income. The remainder did not report their tuition rates.

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